There were two significant developments today in the refashioning of the content model for journalism in the near future.
First, Global Post launched officially. It is overseen by two former media executives and has some 70 freelance correspondents worldwide, with a full-time staff of 14. It aim is to supply newspapers and their sites with content from abroad. It is a membership, for-profit firm, with correspondents in a finite district for coverage. It's the most ambitious new service launched in some time and will be worth watching its operation.
Second, thestreet.com announced it's intending to provide its content free to papers and sites in exchange for byline mention of its site on the former or linking to its site on the latter.
Recently, Politico.com announced a deal with Reuters involving the provision of content for sites and papers comprising advertising revenue shares.
All in all, some new reverse syndication and alternative distribution models are emerging, all of them offering something new to conventional media or something new to the consumer.